Programs and Services
The City of Kingston's No Smoking By-law prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and work places as well as a number of newly designated outdoor places. In November of 2012, the City of Kingston approved the addition of the following outdoor places to the number of designated public places where smoking is prohibited:
- parks & beaches,sports fields & playgrounds,
- outdoor community meeting areas,
- within 3 metres of all entrances or exits of publicly accessible places and work places,
- within 9 metres of entrances or exits of municipal buildings, and
- within 9 metres of Kingston Transit shelters located at the Cataraqui Centre, Kingston Centre, and St. Lawrence College transfer points.
- For more information, contact the Tobacco Information Line at 613 549-1232 ext. 1333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Takechargecrew.ca is a website portal created to promote youth engagement. It encourages interaction and collaboration between high schools when planning events using leadership grants provided annually by KFL&A Public Health. The grants can be used for public education campaigns and events within the school community relating to exposure to tobacco and alcohol industry marketing practices and the links between tobacco, alcohol and or other drug use and student health. The portal also provides a direct link to Public Health Nurses for information and direction.
Take Charge Community Leadership Grants
Community groups who engage youth are eligible to apply for a limited number of $500 grants through the Take Charge Community Leadership Grant program. The grant is designed to support youth-initiated, planned and coordinated public education campaigns and events that aim to improve awareness of youth health issues such as tobacco use/exposure, physical activity, injury prevention, healthy eating, substance and alcohol misuse, and mental health within the community. Each grant activity must involve youth aged 13-25 and an adult ally.
There are two grant periods each year- April to July and October to January. Community groups may apply for one or both of the grant periods. KFL&A Public Health’s youth engagement advisor is available to support and guide each group throughout the project.
Take Charge Secondary School Leadership Grants
This annual conference for secondary students from the KFL&A area focuses on leadership skills so that students can raise awareness about tobacco, alcohol and other drug use such as marijuana. Students will be able to receive a grant in order to create awareness campaigns designed for their own secondary school, elementary schools, or the community. Our goal is to assist youth in developing leadership skills while positively influencing their peers.
Through the Take Control program, KFL&A Public Health helps people become smoke-free through workplace support; employees who want to be smoke-free can have group sessions in their workplace. Call the Tobacco Information Line for more Information.
This interactive workshop for grade 7 and 8 students in the KFL&A area focuses on tobacco use prevention and is matched to the Health and Physical Education curriculum (Substance Use and Abuse). Students attend four interactive stations and learn the effects of tobacco advertising and marketing, addiction, hazards of smoking, and the numerous costs of smoking.
Find out more about each station by following the Teens Trashing Tobacco station information link in the Resource section below.
Whether you’re trying to quit, trying to support someone who is quitting, trying to understand how smoke-free laws affect your business, or just looking for support in the community, the Tobacco Information line can help. 613-549-1232 or 1-800-267-7875, ext. 1333